Creative Play Newsletter – A Fresh Start

So far, 2021 is just as much of a dumpster fire as 2020, but nonetheless, I am feeling hopeful. The year is over and there is a vaccine on the horizon so I am choosing to embrace 2021 as an opportunity for a fresh start. I’ve ripped up my goals from 2020, and spent some […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Resilience

And the Word of the Year for 2020 is . . . RESILIENCE! I hate to wish away time but, there are only 15 days left in this disastrous year! I know that we certainly are not out of the woods yet and that COVID-19 will still be a persistent part of our lives on […]

Got My Creative MoJo Back!

Finally! After all these months of not feeling very creative and not being interested in doing any quilting, my creative energy just rushed back into my life yesterday afternoon.  In the space of a few hours I: Finished the top for the UFO Swap I’ve been doing with the Rising Star Quilters Guild. I’d originally […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Finding Surprises

A dear friend of mine sent me a calendar this year that has inspirational quotes on it. This month, there’s a quote from Leo Buscaglia that says “Boredom arises from routine. Joy, wonder, rapture, arise from surprise.”  Dr. Love clearly never lived through a global pandemic; boredom is part of our daily life. But, he […]

Creative Play Newsletter – Let it All Go

Over the last few months in this newsletter, I have been writing about how to overcome your COVID block and how to use your sheltering-in-place time to craft a vision and strategy for your creative work. But, it’s still hard to focus and to create right now, isn’t it? There’s so much uncertainty and life […]

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Marbling Mom Camp

Six weeks ago when it looked like there would be no camp this summer, I started planning art activities and buying supplies for “Mom Camp” to keep my eight year old busy. I placed a big order with Dharma Trading Company that included a marbling kit because, yes, it was something I always wanted to […]

Creative Play Newsletter – COVID Block

I have heard from so many fellow artists that they are having trouble creating right now. And, it’s no wonder since every single one of us is under stress unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before. At the same time, many of us feel like we should be producing a lot of work because we have […]

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Creative Play Newsletter – Crafting Strategy

Last month I wrote about how to define a vision for your creative practice. Visions are important because they define the end goal; they help you to understand where you are going. What they don’t do for you, however, is to tell you how to get there. That’s where a strategy comes in. Your strategy […]

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Creative Play Newsletter – A Clear Vision

I think I have mentioned that when I am not spending time on my own creative practice I work as a Digital Strategist. That means that I have spent 20 years developing visions and strategies, roadmaps and plans, for corporate customers. Imagine what a head-smacking moment it was recently when I thought, “I should use […]